Meditation Categories Generating Bodhicitta

72. Preparation for Generating Bodhicitta VII — Dedication

Longchen Nyingtik Meditation 72

The Beginning

Take refuge and arouse bodhicitta.

The Main Part

In your mind visualize all the virtuous roots that you and others have accumulated in the three times including the seven-branch offering from prostration to dedication. Gather these virtues and dedicate them to the enlightenment of all sentient beings. Recite the verses in sutras and tantras composed by sublime beings, such as:

 

    Just as the warrior Manjushri attained omniscience,

    And Samantabhadra too

    All these merits now I dedicate

    To train and follow in their footsteps.

 

    As all the victorious buddhas of past, present, and future

    Praise dedication as supreme,

    So now I dedicate all these roots of virtue

    For all beings to perfect Good Actions.

 

Or:

 

    What little virtue I have gathered through my homage,

    Through offering, confession, and rejoicing,

    Through exhortation and prayer—all of it

    I dedicate to the enlightenment of all beings!

 

    Rest in a state of seeing all phenomena as devoid of self-nature.

The Ending

Dedicate the merit of your practice to all sentient beings.